Sunday, July 13, 2008

On not writing

I've had a rare weekend of vacation this weekend, with another -- involving a short trip -- next weekend. It's been a time of rest and relaxation for me, though with an indisposition (upon which I won't elaborate) which resulted in my not attempting to visit another congregation for worship. I even managed to sleep through broadcast church services!

It's been strange to me that I've had nothing to say here on the blog. Not that I didn't want to, but I still really don't have anything I wish to "put out there." Other than to update my few readers on the goings on here in Psalmist-land, I just don't have words to share.

So...here's the update!

* I recently signed a contract with a major sacred choral music publisher for the publication of an anthem for which I provided the lyrics. I'm pleased that there is a well-respected editor, and that both SATB and two-part editions are in the works. The respected release date is Spring 2009, and potential royalties at least a year out from then. But unlike my first published work, this publisher markets well and this is also less of a "niche" text. I anticipate that it will sell well among youth choirs and in school markets open to religious texts.

* My secular work situation is fairly promising, if a bit of a roller-coaster right now. I have been on a temporary assignment as (senior) administrative assistant to the CFO of a major hospital network for about two months now. It was only announced last week, though I had known for several weeks, that my boss resigned and a new interim CFO appointment has been announced. This occurred only a few weeks after our CEO was asked by the board to step down, and an interim CEO was announced. He (the interim CEO) went out of his way to tell me that he had received excellent reports about, and seen for himself, the good job I've been doing; he was very much in favor o fmy staying on the assignment indefinitely, if I wanted to. Though it has been very difficult to handle the uncertainty involved in an about-to-resign and completely absent boss -- one I truly liked and enjoyed working for -- I realized I'd be a complete fool to leave. Had my first boss stayed, all the signs were there for me to be hired permanently. Well, now that I've met and worked with my new boss just a little, again I see signs that he would like for me to stay as long as I wish to; he stated that he has no desire to bring in anyone else for the position and he values my input as far as procedures and perceptions of how we can best get the CFO's duties done well. SOOOO...all that to say, I'm in a pretty good situation, for a temp! It's the temp part of it that I want to see change. I'm still in that limbo of being unable to take any time off to see a doctor, and there's just too much that I've put off for too long. Not that I couldn't afford the visit, but the tests and the meds would bankrupt me. I've been that close to the financial edge for that long.

* Church continues to go well. I missed "my people" this morning, but I need this time away as well. I worked lots of extra hours so I could be ready to be completely gone for two weekends in a row, and in the wee hours of Saturday morning, I finally made it back home and hit the sack. I've decided, and have the pastor's blessing, to limit my schedule to two nights per week as much as possible. This will mean combining my youth and adult handbell ensembles, probably on Tuesday nights, and continuing with my adult choir on Wednesday nights. Between gas prices and the official number of hours of my employment, to say nothing of running myself ragged with three nights per week, I think this will be better stewardship of my time and energy. Meanwhile, once I return from vacation, that next Wed. night I'll be meeting with my team for VBS music, then we kick it off the next Sunday night. I'll have to ask to leave early from the day job Mon - Thurs of that week, which is a lot for a temp to ask for. Fortunately, my new boss is a Christian and I think will understand and concur, as long as I get my work done. We (the day job) have a budget workshop that next Saturday, for which I have to prepare lots of the materials, but I don't actually have to be at the workshop. It's always something. At least I'm not bored.

*To the several who have been interested in hearing about the "romantic relationship," it's ongoing, but very low-key. There is significant geographic distance involved, and neither of us, by mutual agreement, is planning any travel to be together for the time being. He's been through some seriously difficult family issues lately, and we've been drawn close in prayer about them. You're welcome to pray, too, if you're so inclined. Names and specifics are not important; God knows all concerned. :)

*And so, I continue to walk by faith and not by sight. Just reviewing what I've written shows that other than my part-time church position, nothing could be considered "stable." After all these years of instability, I'm not sure what I'd do with a suddenly "stable" life. (Isn't "stable life" for horses?) God always has been, and remains, sufficient. And perhaps that's why there isn't more to write. What more is there, really, that needs to be said?

6 comments:

Singing Owl said...

We missed you. (((Psalmist))))

ProclaimingSoftly (PSanafter-thought) said...

Also missing you and thankful for your update and mostly good news (except for the temp thing.) Glad you are working at all. All three of my kids and my daughter-in-law to be are now unemployed!

Anonymous said...

wow, thanks for the update...I haven't written on my blog or yours for a while either...instability seems to be the constant in my life, too. And just when it seems crazy to even verbalize it, you write a bit and I feel "normal"! :)

God bless. Take good care...I haven't had much to say either! And doesn't it feel good to be appreciated?! I'm praying that stability will come and allow you to take care of yourself.
Paisley

Paul Burleson said...

Psalmist,

I'm a little late in coming to your blog--and--I don't know about the difficulty in writing presently--but-- I have to say that, upon reading your past posts, the trip here is well worth it to just read what you've already said.

You post on a 'Thanks to my brothers and sisters in arms' as well as your poem 'For the childless and the motherless" around mother's day and several others [the 'braying' ones] are some of the best I've read.

At the proper time I will request permission, with proper credit of course, to use your poem in churches where I minister around mother's day each year.

All I can say now is 'thanks' and keep up the writing when possible. We're blessed.

Psalmist said...

Thanks for the kind comments, everyone.

And Paul, a warm welcome to my little corner of blogdom! I subscribe to your blog, which overflows with wisdom and christlike grace, so I'm genuinely honored by your comment here.

Thanks again, everyone.

Tomorrow night, I'm headed for the hill country for my mini-vacation. I'll "see" y'all Sunday night or Monday.

zorra said...

Pretty eventful! I know you were more than ready for Kerrville. I'm glad you had such a peaceful time (except for the church situation).